Hieroglyphic meaning

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Hieroglyphic is defined as writing made up of pictorial symbols.

Writing made up of pictorial symbols used by the ancient Egyptians is an example of hieroglyphic.

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Written in hieroglyphs.
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Difficult to decipher.
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The definition of hieroglyphic is something associated with writing made up of pictorial symbols.

A writing system made up of pictorial symbols such as those used in ancient Egypt is an example of a writing system that would be described as hieroglyphic.

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Difficult to read or decipher.
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Something, such as illegible or undecipherable writing, that is felt to resemble a hieroglyph.
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Writing that is hard to decipher.
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(chiefly in the plural) A writing system of ancient Egypt, Minoans, Maya and other civilizations, using pictorial symbols to represent individual sounds as a rebus.
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Any symbol used in this system; a hieroglyph.
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Of, relating to, or written with this system of symbols.

Hieroglyphic writing.

Hieroglyphic obelisk.

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Of, or having the nature of, hieroglyphics.
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Hard to read or understand.
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A method of writing using hieroglyphs; picture writing.
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Origin of hieroglyphic

  • French hiéroglyphique from Late Latin hieroglyphicus from Greek hierogluphikos hieros holy eis- in Indo-European roots gluphē carving (from gluphein to carve gleubh- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • First coined 1726, from Middle French hiéroglyphique, from Latin hieroglyphicus, from Ancient Greek ἱερογλυφικός (hierogluphikos), from ἱερογλυφέω (hieroglupheō, “to represent hieroglyphically”), from ἱερός (hieros, “sacred, holy”) + γλύφω (gluphō, “to carve, to engrave, to cut out”)

    From Wiktionary